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Discounted graduate and certificate programs available to BPS staff; Regis pledges full-tuition undergraduate scholarships through its Diverse Educators Program

Graduate students grouped around a laptop on a tableThe Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Regis College have launched a new partnership to provide BPS employees with tuition discounts on graduate programs at the university and full-tuition scholarships to current BPS students who are interested in pursuing a major in education.

“Creating opportunities to diversify our teacher workforce and support the future careers of our students is an important focus at BPS,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “As we continue implementing programs that foster diversity and create career pathways, this partnership with Regis College benefits both our current educators and the many BPS high school students who are passionate about pursuing a career in education.

With the partnership, BPS employees are now able to enroll at Regis College and receive significant discounts of up to 20 percent for eligible on-campus graduate, doctoral and certificate programs and 10 percent off of online graduate programs.

Additionally, Regis will provide one full-tuition scholarship to a BPS employee accepted in the university’s new Master’s of Education in Student Support program beginning this fall. The university will also award two four-year, full-tuition Regis Diverse Educators scholarships to qualified BPS students who are entering the undergraduate education program as part of the partnership.

Candidates for the Regis Diverse Educators scholarships will be drawn from this year’s cohort of students in the BPS High School to Teacher (HSTT) program. A district-wide initiative of the BPS Office of Human Capital’s Recruitment, Cultivation and Diversity Department, HSTT recruits and develops culturally, linguistically and racially diverse high school students who are interested in a career in teaching. Built with students in mind, HSTT has a student support model that follows aspiring educators from freshman year of high school through post-college graduation. In addition to receiving academic support, exposure to the teaching profession, basic classroom management, lesson planning techniques and obtaining college admission guidance, HSTT Scholars benefit from an inclusive cohort model that embraces diversity. In the last two years, HSTT has served 58 students in 16 BPS high schools with 94% overall identifying as students of color.

“We’re proud of our long and distinguished history of educating tomorrow’s educators,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “This partnership with the Boston Public Schools guarantees that Regis will shape a new generation of educational leaders and teachers who will have a significant impact on Boston Public Schools students for years to come.”

Regis College has 1,900 graduate students enrolled on-campus and online while maintaining small class sizes. Regis’ undergraduate programs serve more than a thousand students in 25 majors. With its extensive online programming and satellite Regis North campus in Lawrence, the university provides the flexibility that many modern-day students seek as they fit their education around jobs and family life. For BPS employees, Regis will offer hybrid courses, where they split their time attending class on campus and engaging in coursework online.